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    I live near a large metro area with many school options. Before deciding to homeschool I toured over 20 schools with different philsophies. Some extremely unconventional.

    When a friend complains about their child's school I can usually immediately suggest an alternative school that will solve their specific complaint. All but one person said its too much trouble to change schools. They said this before even borhering to check what is required Since they arent even willing to schedule a tour of an alternative school, I do NOT even mention homeschooling as an option. I figure they just like to complain and are not willing to make a change.

    The one person who switched did so in the middle of the year and now has a first grader who is thriving.

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    Nope. Most people just want to complain, and don't want the responsibility of making a change. Keeping your kids in school leaves you blameless if they don't "succeed". "I did everything the school said, and Johnny still struggles! The schools failed him!"
    Last edited by MissLemon; 02-25-2017 at 02:18 AM.

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    We have a community that is really supportive of HS as well as many charter/alternative schools. No option is perfect but you have to do what is best for your child--even if it creates more work for yourself. Most people know that we HS so they will come to us if they have questions but I generally don't suggest because it is a personal decision and a big commitment.

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    Sometimes...people sound like they are complaining, but actually, they want to share how hard they work. Like...when I was working with young teens and we were riding bikes about 20 miles per day, a kid called home and said how tired she was...mom wanted to come get her. I had to explain that the girl was bragging...she had never worked that hard before, and she did it! Sometimes, I think when people complain about homework and their schools, it is the same type of thing. We are supposed to be proud of them for all that they put up with. They don't want to change anything, just get a pat on the back for what they are doing.

    I agree with people when they say they could never homeschool. It really isn't for people who don't want to actually teach their kids, figure out what to teach them, follow a script. Homeschooing is not going to work and leaving the kids at home with assignments in books. It needs to be hands on. Also, I never want to assume that people can get by on just one salary. I don't know their debt, which of the parents makes the better job, other needs that I may not know about like helping to support a family member, alimony or child support.

    If they ask about homeschooling, I will tell them my experience.

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